Even though the specific language of Measure B makes null and void any “city” replacement terminal agreement made ahead of the public vote, our council members tonight are insisting on going ahead and approving this full package of airport goodies anyway.
Why is that?
This question is especially relevant when you consider that such an aggressively promotional act on their part isn’t even necessary in the first place. All the council needs to do tonight is agree upon putting the package in front of the Burbank voters for their decision first. Afterwards they can go through the formal approval steps if and when it meets the approval of the residents.
Nothing in the Measure B ordinance says that it’s merely intended to be a residential “checkoff” endorsement of a previous council action. Quite the opposite, and such contempt this council-majority has for our Burbank public that even Dave Golonski vocally objected to this clear violation of the terms and conditions — and spirit — of that old citizens referendum passed in 2001.
What kind of people are these? There’s no point to this action tonight but some need of theirs to exhibit that classic Burbank mode of vulgar political will and aggressiveness. One of Golonski’s points last fall in speaking out was that this type of cynical and aggressive behavior on the part of the council only plays into the longtime fears and suspicions of the airport critics.
It certainly proves that they were right all along. That stupid and needless airport project is being steamrolled by people who’ve never given a damn about how bad they look. Nothing’s changed in 20 years. It’s all about power, expedience, and having things their own way, no matter how foolish the plan or hamfisted the technique.
We make the decisions and not you, like the one we’re making for you tonight, and this time you get to agree with it.